A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL… December 21, 2009-January 1, 2010 – Winter Recess Student Awards Programs Parents, I would like to take an opportunity Location - Cafeteria to thank you for the support you offer all December 1, 2009 – Fourth Grade - 9:00 a.m. year long. As you know, I attribute a December 3, 2009 – Fifth Grade - 9:00 a.m. December 16, 2009 – Grades 6, 7, and 8 – significant percentage of our school’s 8:45 a.m. success to your efforts and your commitment to our program and your Upcoming Important Dates in January: children. January 8, 2010 – Art designs for fifth grade end of the year shirts are due. This year has been a challenging one for our country, our state, and our district. January 12, 2010 – Applicant Tour #4 Through it all, your support has not wavered. I commend you on your January 13, 2010 – PTA General Meeting dedication to your children and encourage January 15, 2010 - Art designs for eighth grade you to continue working with us so that end of the year shirts are due. together we can provide the best educational experience to our children. January 15, 2010 – Magnet Applications are due. I am looking forward to the 2010 portion of this school year. As you know, we will be January 18, 2010 – Observance of Dr. Martin promoting our first eighth grade class in Luther King, Jr. Birthday – No School for just a few months and we are all proud of students the many successes we will share in the upcoming months. Two letters were recently sent home regarding End of the Year activities for each grade level. Parents, we need your support in returning the Parents, requested information. There are several events taking place during Thank you for your cooperation. the month of December. December 1, 2009 – Picture Re-take Day December 2, 2009 – PTA General Meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria December 4, 2009 - Scoliosis Screening (Sixth The application window for Miami-Dade Grade Students) County Public Schools (MDCPS) Choice December 8, 2009 – Applicant Tour #3 Programs will be open until January 15, December 9, 2009 - Winter Symphony, Grades 2010. We have developed a survey to be 2-4, at 8:45 a.m. completed by parents of students currently December 10, 2009 - Jump with Jill Program, enrolled at Ada Merritt K-8 Center. Grades 2-4 December 11, 2009 – Winter Symphony, Please complete the attached survey and Grades 5-7, at 8:45 a.m. return to Ms. Gina Ferrandiz, Principal’s December 11-17, 2009 – Book Fair Secretary, by Friday, December 18, 2009. December 14-18, 2009- Students in grades 3-8 will take Winter Interim Assessments December 15, 2009 – First Grade PYP Showcase December 17-18, 2009 – Middle School Parents, Miami-Dade County Public Teachers will distribute mid-term review Schools has developed a Parent Resource packets to students. Guide available online at December 18, 2009 – Sibling Information Due www.dadeschools.net. to Ms. Gina Ferrandiz We would like to recognize the students who won Superior in this year’s Science Fair. Children deserve a safe environment to learn in. To make our schools safer, Elementary Students everyone can and must pitch in. Patrick Barham, Grade 5 Julian Enriquez, Grade 3 Attached you will find helpful suggestions Nikola Stojanovic, Grade 4 for students and parents of what they can do individually and collectively to improve Middle School Students school safety. Jasmin Almonte Robbyn Jimenez Matthew Roman We would also like to thank Ms. Lourdes Cobas, Ms. Sonia Garcia, and Ms. Badoure Hernandez for their part in making the 2009 Science Fair a success! Midterm Study Guides will be distributed to students on Thursday, December 17, 2009 and Friday, December 18, 2009. The schedule for the 2009-2010 Midterm Exams is as follows: Parents, please do not discard novels and trade books that you purchase for your child to read in class. Instead, we are asking you to donate the books to your child’s teacher so that Tuesday, January 12, 2010: the books can be recycled for the following periods 1 and 3 school year. Thank you for your support and Wednesday, January 13, 2010: cooperation. periods 2 and 4 Thursday, January 14, 2010: periods 5 and 7 Friday, January 15, 2010: periods 6 and 8 Tuesday, January 19, 2010: period 7 and make-up Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) Wednesday, January 20, 2010: period is committed to providing a safe teaching and 8 and make-up. learning environment for students, staff, and members of the community. On January 16, 2008, the School Board approved a newly revised Code of Student Conduct (COSC). The revised COSC identifies, recognizes, and rewards model student behavior within a framework of clearly established and Please see the attached letter regarding enforceable rules and policies. It advocates a clubs. If your child is interested in holistic approach to promoting and maintaining a safe learning environment and requires active participating in one of the clubs, he/she participation from students, parents/guardians, must complete the form and submit it to and school staff. Students and Ms. Clark, Middle School Coordinator, by parents/guardians can access the English and December 15, 2009 Haitian/Creole versions of the document on the M-DCPS Website located at: http://ehandbooks.dadeschools.net/policies/90/i ndes.htm or you may request a copy from your child’s school. The Spanish version of this document will be forthcoming. Providing students with breakfast in the classroom setting is associated with The school district believes that standards for student behavior must be set cooperatively lower tardy rates and fewer disciplinary office referrals. through interaction among the students, School breakfast programs can lower parents/legal guardians, staff, and community absence and tardiness rates and members creating an atmosphere that improve standardized achievement test encourages students to grow in self-discipline. The development of this atmosphere requires scores. respect for self and others, as well as for district and community property on the part of students, staff, and community members. Since students learn by example, school administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers will Effective immediately, parents, students, demonstrate appropriate behavior; treat others employees and community members who wish with civility and respect, and refuse to tolerate to volunteer at your school should register on- bullying or harassment (M-DCPS Code of line through the M-DCPS portal(s). Student Conduct). Parents, please remember to sign-in if you plan Miami-Dade County Public Schools has an to be in school after 8:30 a.m. A Volunteer / Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy. Please Visitor’s Badge can be obtained from the Main speak to your child about reporting any bullying Office. Please use the same procedure when or harassment to a school official. All visiting the park while physical education allegations will be investigated. classes are in session. Please assist us in Please ensure you review the Code of Student keeping our students safe. Conduct with your child. Please be reminded that if your child is absent The Parent and Student Handbook was from school; he/she must bring a written note, provided to all parents on the first week of the within three school days, explaining the 2009-2010 school year. The Parent and absence(s) in order to be excused. The Student Handbook outlines district and school following are considered excused absences: policies on attendance, conduct, grading, arrival/dismissal, lunch, peanut/nut free practice a. student illness and many more important topics. Thank you. b. medical appointment c. death in family d. observance of a religious holiday or service when mandated for all members of a faith that such a holiday or service be observed e. school-sponsored event or activity Breakfast is free for all students. Please previously approved encourage your child to come by the Cafeteria f. other individual student absences in the morning and to take advantage of the approved by the principal free breakfast provided for every student. Parents, we appreciate the great effort being Breakfast is served until 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. made thus far to have students in school on time. Please continue supporting us as we School breakfast improves student behavior encourage students to be on time to school and learning environments. everyday. Schools that provide breakfast in the If you do not provide a written note explaining classroom to all students show the absence(s) it will be considered unexcused. decreases in tardiness and suspensions as well as improved Please review the attached letter regarding the student behavior and attentiveness. Attendance Plan. Please note that parents will automatically receive a Connect Ed message once the student has three absences. Keep it neat, Stay in your seat! Miami-Dade County Public Schools is Don’t eat or touch, taking general precautions against the flu. Your neighbor’s lunch! Health experts are anticipating the second wave of H1N1 influenza during the 2009- Check the table and floor, 2010 school year. Miami-Dade County Before you walk out the door. Public Schools are emphasizing three main points in protecting yourself and others It’s the cool scene, from being exposed. To keep our school clean! Frequent and thorough hand washing throughout the day. Cover your cough with a tissue if available or with your shoulder or Parents, to promote balanced, caring, cooperative, and respectful citizenship, we elbow. have initiated the “Keep it Neat!” Campaign. During breakfast and lunch the students are Stay home from work or school if encouraged to make sure they don’t drop you are sick. wrappers, utensils, napkins or other items on the cafeteria floor. In addition, students are We also are making sure that all schools encouraged to talk with friends, read or just have the basic supplies necessary to help enjoy a quiet meal. Students may not walk students and staff keep their hands clean. around the cafeteria. Instead, they are to wait for their teacher during lunchtime to arrive Parents can assist in this effort. If you or before they throw their tray and/or other items your child exhibit flu-like symptoms, away. including headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, or diarrhea and vomiting, it’s very important that you stay at home, to prevent exposing others to your illness. Seek further medical assistance, if needed. Let’s be mindful that Ada Merritt K-8 Center is a peanut/nut free school. Please refrain from sending to school any peanut or nut containing products. In order to avoid accidental contact I am urging all parents to discourage their children from sharing foods, utensils, and Remember that there is no eating or drinking in containers. the Media Center. We need to keep the computers clean and in working condition. It is important that we follow the Media Center rules so that the Media Center can be maintained in the best condition for our students. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Please assist us in respecting all crosswalks and speed limits around our school. Miami-Dade County ranks #1 in the rd State of Florida and 3 in the nation for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Our students will participate in the WalkSafe Program in our continued efforts to reduce the number of The January Student of the Month Celebration pedestrian injuries and fatalities. will take place on Wednesday, January 27, 2010. Parents, please keep in mind that the “walkers” dismissal area is for parents who stand and wait for their child’s class to be dismissed. The teacher acknowledges the parent(s) and the child then walks to where you are. Please note that if you want to have your child come to your car you must use the circular driveway located at the opposite side of the th school (4 Street). We need your support and cooperation to ensure the safety of our students during arrival and dismissal. Thank you for reading the December Newsletter! Additionally, please use caution when dropping off and picking up your child. For safety and This pass entitles you to one homework-free night. convenience, we are recommending that you please use the circular driveway area. Student Name __________________________ This is a reminder that students whose Pass used on ____________________________ homeroom classroom is in Building One should wait for their teacher to pick them up at 8:20 Teacher’s a.m. Students whose homeroom class is Signature______________________________ located in Building Two should wait for their teachers sitting outside their assigned Teachers, please return this Principal’s Homework classroom. Security monitors will be Pass to Ms. B. Garcia. supervising the students. Parents are not allowed in classrooms during the morning drop- off. Please understand that school must begin This coupon expires on January 29, 2010. promptly at 8:30 a.m. and we need your support in maximizing instructional time. *Exclusions: May not be used for special projects Accordingly, please ensure your child is in his (science or otherwise). or her classroom by 8:30 a.m. The purpose of the Student of the Month ceremony is to recognize students who have demonstrated attributes from the International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile, for example: being an inquirer, knowledgeable, a thinker, a communicator, principled, open- minded, caring, risk-taker, balanced, and/or reflective. This includes showing the following attitudes: appreciation, confidence, commitment, cooperation, curiosity, creativity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance. The format of the Student of the Month ceremony has changed. The ceremonies will still take place each month; however, they will take place in the afternoon at 1:15 p.m. in the cafeteria. Students will receive a t-shirt, a pencil, a certificate and will make their own special ice-cream creations.
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